- be prepared to stop
your A&R men of the new musical revolution, we at IndepenDisc
try at times to bring you an "Up & Coming"
feature profiling Artists/Bands that have produced a limited track CD
be prepared to stop by worldstallestthing
this month's feature CD. A Maxi EP / Mini LP / Compact 12"; whatever
choose to call it, it's 4 songs of pure musical pleasure.
worldstallestthing (World's Tallest
Thing) is basically the
"gifted with talent" Ian Baker with help from his brother David and
friends Larry Finn, Andy Schultz, Jeff St.Pierre, & Mark
These 4 songs form a prefect cycle as the opening and closing numbers
while the middle 2 provide a mellow acoustic interlude.
The opener "free"
the full gamut of discovering, embracing, and losing love, all in 3
the most perfect pop sound going. From the gentle hopeful opening,
through to the pain and anguish of the failed romance, the music
listener as powerfully as the precise vocals. A true gem of classic
could have been"
is labeled a
demo - hardly. The minimalist approach is the draw factor here. Again,
vocals, this time complemented by acoustic guitar, captivate as the
heartbreaking story of self-doubt unfolds. And the short synth string
2/3 in is a virtuoso touch of song writing majesty.
the 2nd half of the vocal/acoustic pair. Another cryptic heartbreaker
Ian's delicate vocals and sparse acoustic strumming leave etched in
your brain as
you try to connect the right emotions brought forth.
Finally, worldstallestthing brings it
home with a rousing
cover of an obscure Spooner (now Garbage) tune "where
you gonna run." This new wave cum alternative
rocker completes the cycle, showing that worldstallestthing
not just a one dimensional project.
Baker, singer/songwriter, has been compared to Paul Westerberg, Paul
Neil Finn, & Elliot Smith. While I agree with these praises, I
that Ian should not be compared to those that have come before - In
that come later will most likely be compared to Ian Baker. Baker is a
artist who creates music from the heart. He has elected to release this
EP of 4
brilliant songs that he believes in, rather than record a full length
fluffed up with filler songs. He will not compromise the music for the
commerce. For that we admire him, but this EP has left us wanting
You are invited to enter the worldstallestthing:
prepared to stop is the ground floor of what we hope to
be an on going
construction of a towering pop structure in today's musical landscape.
not yet be able to see the top, but we're sure to enjoy the ride, for
this elevator does not play muzak.
- be prepared to stop
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